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University of Southampton Reviews

Updated July 27, 2017
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  • Limited opportunities for career progression outside of your current role (in 3 reviews)

  • Parking spaces are like gold dust (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "On the road to improvement?"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher Developer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Researcher Developer in Southampton, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lovely people, very creative and stimulating environment. Beautiful estate at Highfield.

    Cons

    Too many restructures and new ideas that don't bed in.
    Better career prospects, jobs and pay reward for academics than the professional services.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a structure/direction and stick with it! Make better use of existing internal talent.


  2. "Easy going University"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Winchester, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Lecturer in Winchester, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Independently responsible for workload
    Workshops are accessible by staff to use during research time & summer periods
    A satisfactory pay spline increment every year

    Cons

    Sharing of quality teaching and learning is not high on the agenda.
    Departments and staff very independent from one another.
    Some outdated practice still prevalent by older members of staff

  3. "Some great departments...others not so great..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time

    Pros

    Generous annual leave allowance for more senior staff - and lots of closure days. Lovely campus - if you work at Highfield or Avenue. Some people do not. Some amazing things happen at the place which can make you feel proud. Decent pension schemes. Some (most) departments seem to be professional, nurture their staff and treat them with respect. Good staff events and access to benefits like free concerts, discounted gym membership and reduced price theatre tickets. Some super managers. Love the traditional feel of Highfield.

    Cons

    Rates of pay are not generally competitive. Some departments promote people on the basis of how similar a candidate's background is to the senior manager, rather than on skills, qualifications and proven ability. There are quite a lot of poor performers that I know of who seem to get away with it. Some senior managers do not treat people with respect. Some departments are moving off campus - not good for the people involved or for their customers on campus. Parking is a nightmare.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your departments that operate well, and apply what you learn to those where the outlook is not so good. Be bold but fair. Modernise. Manage with integrity. Don't waste people's ability.


  4. "ISVR"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good, Good, Good, Good, Good,

    Cons

    Cant think of any at the moment

    Advice to Management

    none


  5. "Student"

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The staff are alright. Southampton is not a very bad place to live in but you can get bored easily.
    If you prefer a quiet life then Southampton is for you. The UNiversity itself is prestigious and one of the top Universities in the country.

    Cons

    They need to put more effort into managign funds when it comes to student projects especially in engineering.
    Students should be encouraged to participate in moe technical projects.

    Advice to Management

    Try to concentrate on your strengths and improve the Engineering faculty. The rankings of the University have been falling over the past couple of years.


  6. "A good place for a short rime career"

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    Former Employee - Catering Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Catering Assistant in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are good fun to work with

    Cons

    Management are not very interested in their staff.

    Advice to Management

    Take more interest in your staff


  7. "PhD student"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PhD Research Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - PhD Research Student in Southampton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Travelling a lot is a great benefit. There is a huge amount of freedom and flexibility in working hours and decisions about your work.

    Cons

    The pressure to publish all results can very quickly become very daunting. One often feels the need to finish off projects which become less interesting or simply impossible to achieve.

    Advice to Management

    Be more respectful of the students and their time, give them projects which are interesting.

  8. "A friendly environment"

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    Current Contractor - Postgraduate Researcher in Highfield, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Postgraduate Researcher in Highfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at University of Southampton as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, good reputation, good facilities, constantly developing and expanding

    Cons

    Recent cuts in funding, not many academic job opportunities post-PhD

    Advice to Management

    More career opportunities, more attention to teaching quality


  9. "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Administrative in Southampton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at University of Southampton full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible working hours, some fantastic colleagues, good pension scheme, fair annual leave allowance plus university closure days, some bonuses available, internal cpd available.

    Cons

    No support for external CPD or even to study with the Uni itself, organisational values aren't acted upon, some people overworked to make up of mediocrity of others.

    Advice to Management

    Support your staff to develop themselves, act on your new values, be aware of how you and your office are perceived around the University, recognise the disparity of effort amongst many staff.


  10. "Good university and amenities"

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    Current Employee - PhD Student
    Current Employee - PhD Student

    I have been working at University of Southampton full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good resources for a PhD student
    Nice leafy campus
    Depending on the supervisor a good work life balance is possible

    Cons

    Chemistry department currently has a 36 hour minimum before any money can be claimed for marking or demonstrating, pretty sure this is the only department in the UK doing this.
    Some members of staff think shouting is the way forward.


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